Council Member: Jim Watters
City of Carrollton
Ward 3 (SE) - Current term expires December 31, 2015
Jim Watters was born in Rome Georgia and has lived in Carrollton since 1976. He is a 1987 graduate of Carrollton High School, holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Polytechnic State University and an MBA from the University of West Georgia. Jim is Chairman of the Carroll County Tea Party and is a registered Republican.
Councilmember Watters began his term as Ward 3 Councilmember in January 2012. His term will expire December 31, 2015.
Council Member: Gerald Byrd
City of Carrollton
Ward 1 (NW) - Current term expires December 31, 2017
Gerald Byrd was born in Carrollton, Georgia in the year 1972. He was born and raised in a public housing project.
Gerald started sketching and doodling at an early age, but says his artistic breakthrough occurred while experiencing head trauma during a fall from a flight of slippery steps at his Grandmother’s cabin in the country. He says he saw vivid colors and patterns of reds, whites, and yellows while slightly unconscious. When Gerald turned eight years-old, his mother enrolled him in art classes at a local university where he took drawing and sculpting classes. Gerald’s art career flourished at an early age and by the time he was a high school sophomore he had already sold several paintings to local art collectors.
During high school Gerald joined the West Carrollton Recreation Center Boys and Girls Club and the Ebony Inn Foundation. After graduating from high school, Gerald attended and graduated from the Atlanta College of Art and Design (now Savannah College of Art and Design) where he studied under world- renowned artists and sculptors and earned a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Art). During college, Gerald would come back to Carrollton where he organized neighborhood social events and productions for the people of Thomas Homes. He became a Georgia Artist in Residence at Villa Rica Primary School through Governor Zell Miller.
He was hired by Carrollton City Schools and DJJ and designed an award winning after school program "3:00 Groove" for 17 years. Later he became a Georgia Graduation Coach for students who are at-risk of dropping out of school. He recently started a mentor program called “Project Dream” for underprivileged children. He heads “Dress for Success,” a program that’s designed to teach children how to dress appropriately during the school day and in the professional world. He is a founding board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Carroll County.
In 2001 Gerald was elected to the Carrollton City Council. As councilman he serves on the Enterprise Zone Board where he works to attract industry to Carrollton. He directed “A Raisin in the Sun” under the Carroll County Community Theatre, giving his salary to charity. He works with EAA to provide airplane flights to underprivileged children in the West Georgia area. He served on the West Georgia Regional Library Board. He was on the founding Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta, later aiding in opening the Carroll County Club; He was hired as Teen Director after the club was open. He recently sold a painting from his collection to the new World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta where it is parentally displayed. For the past four years Gerald has served as Title I Parent Engagement coordinator for Carrollton City Schools. In addition, Gerald is a member of the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA).
Councilmember Byrd ran un-opposed for the Ward 1 (NW) Councilmember post in November 2005 and was re-elected to an additional term. His second term began January 1, 2006 and expired December 31, 2009. Councilmember Byrd ran un-opposed for the Ward 1 (NW) Councilmember post in November 2009 and was re-elected to a third term. In 2013, Councilmember Byrd was re-elected to a fourth term.
Councilmember Byrd's current term will expire December 31, 2017.
Council Member: Mandy Maierhofer
City of Carrollton
Ward 4 (SW) Current term expires December 31, 2015
Mandy Maierhofer was elected in 2004 to fill the unexpired term of deceased Councilmember Dean Brown. Councilmember Maierhofer was raised in Carrollton where she attended Carrollton City Schools and graduated from Carrollton High School. Mandy attended Vanderbilt University and received her degree in Art Education from the University of West Georgia. She is married to Peter Maierhofer, also a Carrollton High School Graduate and Director of Carrollton City Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department. Mandy teaches water aerobics for the Parks and Recreation Department and stays active in the arts. The Maierhofer's have three young daughters and the family resides near the University.
Mandy was approached by friends to run for the City Council in her district. She was unsure whether to pursue politics, but with the support of her family and friends, she decided it was her duty to work for her city. Mandy says, "It was time for me to give back to the community I love."
Councilmember Maierhofer ran unopposed for the Ward 4 (SW) Councilmember post in November 2007 and was re-elected to an additional term. Councilmember Maierhofer ran for the Ward 4 post again in November 2011 and was re-elected for an additional term. Her new term began January 1, 2012 and will expire December 31, 2015.
Council Member: Mike Patterson
City of Carrollton
Ward 2 (NE) – Current term expires December 31, 2017
Councilmember Mike Patterson was elected to the Ward 2 City Council post in November 2009. His first term began January 2010. Councilmember Patterson was re-elected to the Ward 2 Council post in November 2013. Councilmember Patterson brings to the City of Carrollton a lifetime of experience in a broad spectrum of venues. His commitment to his country, his community, his church and his family are evident based on a review of his background. Councilmember Patterson has been a resident of Carrollton since 1971 and a resident of the Ward 2 City Council district for over 25 years.
Councilmember Patterson’s background includes the following: background in civil and mechanical engineering; Commercial Real Estate professional in his City Council district; holds the CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) designation for investment and real estate; retired Major from the United States Army Reserve with 22 years of service; the founding board member of Teen Challenge West Georgia which is a faith based resident treatment center for men with drug, alcohol and other life controlling issues; and he is a former elder of the First Christian Church of Carrollton.
Councilmember Patterson is married to the former Peggy Philpot. The Patterson’s have four grown children and six grandchildren. Councilmember Patterson's current term will expire December 13, 2017.